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12/04/13 New Downtown Davenport Project
Restoration Iowa has big plans for the block containing the Putham and Parker buildings.
12/04/13 Augustana Receives McKinley Papers
Broadway producer and director Phil McKinley has donated his papers to his alma mater
12/03/13 QC Diversity Initiative
Their goal is to raise minority managers in the QC from 10% now, to 25% or more within 5 years.
12/03/13 Senior Lights Tour
This year's tour will be held Tuesday night in Davenport
12/03/13 Bikes for Brains
100 new bikes will given to children in time for Christmas
12/02/13 Sunken Towboat May Float Soon
Salvage crews hope to begin "lifting" the towboat that sank last week in LeClaire
11/29/13 Sunken Towboat Update
Cleanup seems to be progressing at LeClaire where the boat sank on Monday.
11/29/13 Sauk Valley Shop Small
For the 3rd year, Small Business Saturday will be celebrated in Sterling, Rock Falls, and Dixon.
11/29/13 CNN Hero of the Year
Chad Pregracke talks about his latest national recognition
11/29/13 Support Local Authors
For Small Business Saturday, the Book Racks will promote Quad Cities authors
11/28/13 Towboat Oil Spill Update
Cleanup continues after the accident on Monday at LeClaire
11/27/13 Yo Yo Ma WIll Perform in the QC
He'll perform here during the QC Symphony's 100th season
11/27/13 Thanksgiving Meal in Milan
For the 13th year, Sean Lee will cook a holiday meal for the community
11/27/13 Patriot Adds Biodiesel
Next year the plant in Annawan will begin producing biodiesel fuel.
A sunken tugboat is still leaking oil into the Mississippi River at LeClaire. Yesterday afternoon around 4:30, the Coast Guard responded to help the Stephen Colby towboat, which had collided with something under water.
11/25/13 Moline School Levy Hearing
Before passing next year's tax levy, the Moline school board will hold a public hearing
A physics professor in the Quad Cities has helped make a breakthrough in the field of ultra-fast optics. Jim Van Howe at Augustana College in Rock Island, and Mike Durst at Bates College in Maine, have developed a laser that may have practical applications in telecommunications, medicine, manufacturing, and other industries.
11/22/13 Ditzler Leaving Monmouth College
Next summer he will become the president of Albion College in Michigan
11/22/13 Midwest Week for 11/22/13
An update on plans by Rock Island Clean Line.
11/21/13 Arrests for April Murder
Two Rock Island men are charged with killing Robert Tufts of Rock Island
An Army staff sergeant based in the Quad Cities isn't getting very much sleep this week, and it's not because he's deployed. Earlier this year, Andrew Gregory won a couple of competitions and became the Army Materiel Command's Best Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year. The 30-year-old is in Virginia now, competing against eleven other officers to be named the "Best Warrior" of all the Army commands.
11/20/13 Hero of the Year From the QC
CNN's Hero of the Year is Chad Pregracke
11/20/13 Deere Record Profits
The 14th record quarter in a row, and 3rd record year.
11/19/13 Jacobs Running For US Senate
Mark Jacobs is the 7th GOP candidate for US Senate in Iowa
11/19/13 Hope Creek Advisory Question
An advisory referendum is recommended for the March ballot in Rock Island County
Dozens of students at a local community college now have a place, on campus, to call home.
11/19/13 New Logos for River Bandits
The Quad Cities' minor league baseball team unveils new logos for hats and uniforms
11/18/13 Rare Bible at Augustana College
Hand-written and hand-illustrated - it's in seven volumes
11/18/13 East Moline Tax Levy
The staff proposal for next year is a 1.37 % increase
The Quad Cities Child Abuse Council is celebrating its 35th year. And one way it fights abuse is with a group of "veteran fathers" who coach new dads.
11/15/13 River Vision Phase 2
On Monday, Davenport begins working on the next phase of the plan first adopted nearly 10 years ago.
11/15/13 Midwest Week for 11/15/13
An update on Rock Island County's nursing home and its financial problems
Print, radio, and television journalists returned to South Park Mall in Moline Thursday for an annual ritual. Mr. Thanksgiving invited everyone to his traditional turkey dinner. Bob Vogelbaugh also asked for donations to help pay for the meal.
11/15/13 The Red Kettles are Back
The Salvation Army kicks off this year's Christmas campaign
11/14/13 Manor Homes Update
Demolition begins soon on the 60 year old public housing complex in Rock Island
To find out what residents think about the high school block schedule, and school starting dates in August
11/13/13 Amtrak Station Progress
Moline has signed up a private developer for part of the building where the new train station will be located
11/13/13 Ashford Wins Accreditation
After a year of work, the college in Clinton is now accredited.
11/11/13 Veterans Day on Arsenal Island
The annual ceremony in the National Cemetery
Tomorrow night, hunters and Rock Island residents will learn more about a two-year plan to reduce the number of deer in the city. Last month, aldermen approved a deer management program which will begin next month.
11/08/13 Coats for Kids
Each year the program "raises" coats for low income children
Here's the November WVIK Newsletter
11/08/13 Midwest Week for 11/8/13
Cemetery Art in the Quad Cities
11/08/13 "Jerusalem" Opens at the Putnam
A documentary about one of the world's oldest cities, and the center of 3 major religions
11/06/13 New Trial for Stanley Liggins ?
A 23 year old Quad Cities murder case may be tried for a third time.
11/06/13 Lost Grove Lake
A new state recreation area in eastern Iowa is nearly ready to open
RI County State's Attorney John McGehee looks back at his first year in office
11/05/13 Kazakhstan Trade Mission
Western Illinois companies hope to sell their products to the central Asian country.
11/05/13 I Wireless Tree
A Christmas tree is now standing next to the civic center
11/05/13 Iowa Supreme Court Hears Palmer Case
A former student sues the college in Davenport for disability discrimination
People who play the violin, viola, and bass no longer have to go to Chicago, Des Moines, or other cities to find a new instrument. This fall, West Music opened an Artisan String Shoppe at its flagship store in Coralville.
A Quad Cities woman is trying to keep the Col Ballroom and its history alive. Leigh Reitz is Events Coordinator at the venue on West 4th Street in Davenport. She's also the treasurer of the Mexican American Organization, which owns it.
11/04/13 Genesis Opens Its New HealthPlex
The first phase of the new campus in Moline opens Monday
Four school boards will meet Monday night to consider putting a referendum on the ballot one year from now
11/01/13 Midwest Week for 11/1/13
Iowa updates its rules on home schooling for children
11/01/13 Birdies For Charity
This year 464 charities will split 6.3 million dollars.
11/01/13 Happy 30th WQPT
The QC public television station celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend
10/31/13 Independent Map for Illinois
Petition drive is underway to change Illinois redistricting process
10/31/13 Listen to Mindy Heusel's Interview with NPR's Neal Conan About "Ensemble Galilei: First Person Seeing Ameria"
Live at Heritage Center at the University of Dubuque will present a performance by folk music group, Ensemble Galilei on Sunday.
10/31/13 New Drop-Off Site
A new site opens in downtown Davenport
10/30/13 Amy Helpenstell Grants
A foundation hands out its latest round of grants
10/30/13 EICC Offers New Degree Program
Engineering Technology begins in January
Parents can apply for toys and food baskets.
By this time next year, Bettendorf tourists can stay at the Hilton and buy Starbucks at a drive-through. Thursday morning, Kinseth Hospitality Companies broke ground at the property on Middle Road, just west of Interstate 74.
10/25/13 Midwest Week for 10/25/13
One year after the Quad City Mallards nearly closed down, a preview of the upcoming season
After more than 40 years, a critical part of Davenport's riverfront is finally protected by a flood wall. Thursday morning at the Iowa American Water treatment plant, the Corps of Engineers held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a permanent flood wall
10/25/13 Kilbride Ends Term as Chief Justice
Friday is the last day for Tom Kilbride as chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court
10/24/13 State Grant for I Wireless Center
The grant will be used to modernize the facility that opened 20 years ago
10/23/13 ACA Signup Help
Agencies and hospitals join forces to help people enroll under the Affordable Care Act
10/23/13 Officer Involved Shooting
Investigation shows a Davenport officer acted correctly when a shot a suspect.
Workers building a new flood wall in Davenport found a few artifacts to add to their collections. Project Manager, Mark Pratt from the Corps of Engineers, now has several items to remind him of the two-year, flood protection project.
10/23/13 Trail Addition Opens in Bettendorf
The celebrates a new addition to the Crow Creek Recreation Trail
Monday the Niabi Zoo's two elephants moved to the Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas
Illinois residents will probably pay more to heat their homes this winter. The Citizens Utility Board says a recent federal report shows natural gas prices will increase about 13 percent compared to last year.
10/21/13 New Home for Babe and Sophie
The two elephants from the Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley have moved to Arkansas
10/21/13 RME Pays Off Debt
Gifts, grants, and help from the bank allow the River Music Experience to pay off its debt.
10/18/13 Midwest Week for 10/18/13
A preview of the upcoming veto session of the Illinois General Assembly
The government is urging un-insured Americans to shop for medical coverage under the Affordable Care Act. But a national charity says 49 million residents can't even afford to buy food, much less soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, and insurance.
10/18/13 Mallards Open New Season
The Quad Cities' professional hockey team opens its 17th season on Saturday
10/17/13 Award for Washington Square
A statewide group honors Moline for fixing up the downtown apartment building.
Dozens of people returned to work on Arsenal Island this morning after Congress passed a bill to reopen the government. Since most Department of Defense employees went back to work only a week after the shutdown, the Corps of Engineers was the main agency affected.
Next month, half a dozen Quad Cities groups will honor veterans with two film screenings.
10/17/13 Green Tractors in Art
An exhibit opens this weekend of paintings done for John Deere by Walter Haskell Hinton
10/15/13 A Safety Net in Peril
A new study shows the mental health care in the QC is in crisis.
10/15/13 Lane Evans Drive
Rock Island honors former Congresman Lane Evans
Just like everyone else, state gambling regulators are waiting to find out whether Davenport's casino will be sold. Last week, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission got an update from developer, Dan Kehl, who has an agreement with Isle of Capri to buy the Rhythm City Casino riverboat. That deal was set to expire today.
10/15/13 Diners, Dives, and Drive-Ins
A new guide to eating along I-74 in Illinois.
10/14/13 Fulfilling the Promise
Monmouth College opens the public phase of its largest ever fund-raising campaign.
10/14/13 Rally for Hope Creek
Unions oppose leasing or selling Rock Island County's nursing home.
Once a month at the "The Center" in Davenport, a group of people who are often ignored, are the center of attention.
10/14/13 Army Approves New Alcoa Armor
It will be the latest in a long line of aluminum armor made at the Davenport Works.
10/11/13 Midwest Week for 10/11/13
Deere announces plans to expand in Brazil - any impact on Waterloo ?
10/11/13 Davenport Opens New Park
Even though it's still not finished, the city has opened River Heritage Park.
10/11/13 Texting While Walking is Dangerous
Drivers aren't the only ones who text or talk while traveling. "Distracted walking" is now a growing trend in the US. And many of the "victims" are teenagers. A new report from Safe Kids Worldwide is entitled, "Teens and Distraction: An In-Depth Look at Teens' Walking Behaviors."
10/11/13 U. of Dub. Dedicates Heritage Center
It's a combination performing arts and student center.
10/11/13 Augustana Celebrates Old Main
The college will re-dedicate the building following 2 years of renovations.
One man is hospitalized and two officers are on leave.
10/10/13 CFC Suspended
Fund raising campaign suspended until the shutdown ends.
10/10/13 Verschoore Running Again
The state representative decides to run for a 6th full term in the Illinois House
10/10/13 Crawford Co. Expands
The 61 year old Rock Island company holds a ribbon cutting Thursday
10/09/13 Red Cross Fire Safety
Volunteers will distribute fire safety information in a Moline neighborhood
10/09/13 Combined Federal Campaign Begins
Delayed by the shutdown, the annual effort by federal employees has started.
10/08/13 Budget Work Begins
The Davenport School Board starts working on next year's spending and revenue
10/08/13 New Moline Tif Districts
Tonight Moline aldermen will discuss 2 new tif districts - 1 downtown and 1 next to WIU
10/07/13 Many Arsenal Workers Called Back
Furloughs end for hundreds of civilian employees
Quad Cities Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says the federal government shutdown is "unconscionable" and "unfair." Since the partial shutdown began, the representative from Illinois' 17th District has been calling state and local elected officials, and answering calls from residents who need her help.
Black Hawk College's East Campus will celebrate its new science building by cutting a special ribbon of "DNA." This afternoon, students and professors will also give tours of the $3 million addition to building B.
10/07/13 Davenport Primary Preview
City residents will decide who's on the November ballot for at-large alderman and for the third ward.
10/07/13 RI New Police Station
The city is preparing to hire a construction manager
10/07/13 School Facilities Sales Tax
Schools districts in the Illinois QC will likely ask for a referendum to be on the March ballot
10/04/13 Rock Island's 600th Homebuyer
A milestone for Renaissance RI and the RI Economic Growth Corporation
10/04/13 Midwest Week for 10/4/13
Enrollment begins for the Affordable Care Act
10/04/13 Galesburg Breaks Ground on Overpass
A new road project in Galesburg may save lives. The city will break ground Friday on an overpass at Seminary and Kellogg streets. This is the second of three major road projects the city is building to keep trains from blocking traffic.
"It's not waste until it's wasted." That's the unofficial motto for the newly-renovated Water and Resource Recovery Center in Dubuque. A ribbon cutting was held Thursday for the $65 million improvement project.
10/03/13 Casa de los Ninos Opens in Davenport
A new center in Davenport aims to prepare children for kindergarten. Thursday Casa Quad Cities will hold an open house and ribbon cutting for its new Casa de los Ninos in Davenport.
10/03/13 Ferris Wheel in Davenport
After a six month flood delay, work has begun on the new attraction at Modern Woodmen Park
Thousands of trees in Rock Island County are now at risk. An employee of the Illinois Department of Agriculture recently discovered the Emerald Ash Borer in Hasselroth Park in Rock Island, and it was confirmed last Friday.
10/02/13 The Dock Proposal
Tonight Davenport aldermen will discuss plans for the former Dock property on the riverfront
Several organizations have banded together to help enroll people under the new Affordable Care Act. To mark the first day of enrollment, they held a joint news conference at Genesis Health Center in Davenport.
Before the Quad City Mallards can begin training camp they have to have ice. So workers at the iWireless Center have begun preparing the arena for the new hockey season.
09/30/13 Shutdown Update for Arsenal Workers
Current instructions are to report for work as usual on Tuesday
Moline police are asking the public for help finding a man who went missing one day ago. Investigators say 28-year-old David Harker was last seen leaving Twenty Sports Bar and Grill in downtown Moline. And the last time family and friends heard from him was around 2:00 a.m. Sunday
09/27/13 Midwest Week for 9/27/13
An update on the proposal for a land-based casino in Davenport
The Clinton Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 60th concert season Friday night. The first performace will be in Morrison, with a repeat performance on Sunday in DeWitt.
09/27/13 Deere Gift to National Mall
A gift of grounds care equipment will help maintain the National Mall in Washington DC
09/27/13 Grant for Braking Traffik
Money will pay for a documentary about sex trafficking victims in the QC and eastern Iowa
The Rock Island School Board will have a tough decision to make before winter. This month, board members heard details about serious problems with the boiler at Audubon school. And Friday morning, district officials showed reporters exactly what those problems are. The building on 18th Avenue has been vacant for three-and-a-half years.
According to the U.S. Census, nearly one third of the Latino population is un-insured. That means starting Tuesday, more than 17 million hispanics will need to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or else they'll be fined.
09/26/13 QC Unemployment Drops Again
August rate was lowest of Illinois' 12 major metro areas
After receiving federal dollars, the Quad Cities can now create an innovation hub. Yesterday (Wed) the U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and the Bi-State Regional Commission a 162-thousand dollar grant to encourage growth in manufacturing.
Twenty-five years ago, a group of Rock Island residents decided to improve their neighborhood and make it a central attraction. This weekend, members of the Broadway Historic District will celebrate their resounding success.
09/26/13 Free E-Waste Collection
Ill. residents can drop off a wide range of electronics in EM on Saturday
09/26/13 Listeners Exceed WVIK Campaign Goal
The grand total for the WVIK fall fund drive came to $1,062 more than the goal for the on-air part of the campaign. WVIK thanks all of its supporters who pledged over the past week. The goal was $55,000, and the amount pledged totalled $56,062 when the on-air drive ended today at 9:00 a.m.
There are more BMX riders registered in the Quad Cities than anywhere else in Illinois. And that's why the BMX Speedway in East Moline will host the state championships this weekend.
One school board may vote tonight on whether to continue looking at consolidation of several districts.
09/25/13 Dav Aldermen Consider 2 Casino Plans
Tonight the city council will vote on a recommendation to state officials.
A ceremonial bell was rung this morning on the Western Illinois University Quad Cities campus as a remind of how the college began. Faculty, staff, and members of the community looked at the history, and also into the future, at Tuesday's 20th annual Founders' Day celebration.
09/24/13 Visiting Composer at Aug. College
Laura Kaminsky is here to hear a faculty ensemble perform one of her works
A committee recommends building a new courthouse but just updating the county office building
09/20/13 2013 Quad Cities Marathon
Thousands of runners will descend on the Quad Cities this weekend for the 16th Annual Quad Cities Marathon. The weekend kicks off Friday night with the arrival of featured speaker Dane Rauschenberg, who ran more than 160 miles to get here.
People who support Black Hawk College in the Quad Cities will be honored today. The campus in Moline will host a ceremony to unveil its new "Wall of Donors." Rose Mary Boesen, Executive Director of the college foundation, says the 15-foot wide display of three plaques is located in Building One, across from the book store.
09/20/13 Physicians Perform in Concert
Local physicians will administer a heavy dose of music this weekend. The 4th Annual Genesis Doctors in Recital will be held Sunday at Centennial Hall at Augustana College.
09/20/13 Midwest Week for 9/20/13
A wrap-up of this season for the Quad Cities River Bandits
Quad Cities teenagers now have a place to call their own. The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley will hold a ribbon cutting Friday for its newly-renovated Teen Center in downtown Moline.
09/19/13 State Takes Milan Companies to Court
Alleges environmental violations by Neville's Trucking Disposal and J and J Rolloff Service
Soldiers who went missing during wartime will be remembered Friday in the Quad Cities. Several ceremonies will be held to honor National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
09/18/13 A New Brand for the QCCVB
The convention and visitors bureau unveils its new logo and tagline
A cell phone company is trying to get customers to put their phones down at least while they're behind the wheel. Tomorrow morning, AT&T Illinois will ask Rock Island High School students to promise not to text while driving.
09/18/13 Braley Introduced Education Bill
Bullying and student wellness are the focus of a new bill introduced by Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley today (Wed). The Successful, Safe, and Healthy Students Act targets problems that may hinder student achievement.
09/17/13 Friendship Place Groundbreaking
Construction is underway on 13 villa homes at the RI retirement community
09/17/13 Case IH Retirees Health Care
Health costs may go up for retirees thanks to a federal appellate court
The need for nursing home and home health care workers is growing dramatically, but there just aren't enough people to fill the available jobs. The Direct Care Workforce Initiative will present solutions to the problem Wednesday at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges in Davenport.
09/16/13 Kehl Casino Proposal
A plan to build a land-based casino in Davenport moves ahead one step
The world's largest gathering of soy industry professionals is being held this week in the Quad Cities. Starting Monday, more than five hundred people from around the world will attend the U.S. Global Soy Trade Exchange and Midwest Specialty Grains Conference and Trade Show at the Rivercenter in Davenport.
In the coming year, a local college will focus on sustainability. That's the topics for Saint Ambrose University's fifth annual year-long speaker series, including ethical practices related to the earth, its resources, and to humans.